Asthma occurs when airways become swollen and inflamed, making it hard for a child to breathe.
Asthma occurs when airways become swollen and inflamed. Pediatric asthma is one of the most common chronic childhood conditions. It doesn’t have a cure, but it can be managed effectively.
Certain environmental factors can act as a “trigger” for a person with asthma. The trigger causes muscles that wrap around the airways to tighten, making breathing harder. When triggered, the child will experience breathing problems, which is either called an asthma flare-up, asthma episode or an asthma attack.
Triggers of an asthma attack can include:
Babies are especially prone to food allergies that may trigger an asthma attack. Common food allergies in American children include the following:
Once a child experiences a flare-up, they are at a greater risk of having another episode for several days. Symptoms of a flare-up include: